Working under immediate supervision, performs entry-level legal work of a routine nature. Work involves litigation and legal research; drafting legal documents; and interpreting laws, rules, and regulations OR prosecutes misdemeanor cases in assigned court. Performs case evaluation, preparation and management; represents the state/client in pre-trial and evidentiary hearings and jury/court trials; and ensures effective communication with defense attorneys, court personnel, victims and family members, witnesses and other interested parties. Receives level of oversight, training and supervision based on experience and expertise in misdemeanor prosecution.
- Evaluates assigned cases or lawsuits by:
- reviewing documentation,
- conducting necessary legal research on applicable laws,
- interviewing witnesses or persons with knowledge of the cases,
- gathering evidence, and
- determining most appropriate action(s) to be taken. Drafts, files and responds to necessary motions, briefs or other legal documents for trials and/or hearings. Explains legal process to potential witnesses, prepares witnesses for court testimony, and ensures clients or victims/families are kept informed on status of cases. Gathers, prepares and presents evidence, exhibits and related material for trials or hearings. Represents the State and client in trials and hearings by:
- conducting jury selection,
- presenting opening statements,
- conducting direct and cross-examinations of witnesses, and
- presenting closing arguments. Participates in settlement or plea-bargain negotiations. Prepares necessary legal documents if settlement or plea-bargain agreement is reached and ensures signatures are secured and documents filed as required. Performs other duties as assigned.
Graduation from an accredited law school. No experience required. Requires a current license to practice law in the State of Texas. Standard office and court room environment. Disclaimer: This is an “at will” position with no civil service or other appellate rights. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.
An extensive pre-employment background investigation will be conducted on all applicants who have been offered a position with Dallas County. The hiring process involves successful completion of each step. The steps include: Criminal History Review, Traffic Violations Record, Review of Personal History Statement and Documents, Physical Examination, and Background Investigation. Dallas County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, National Service Alumni volunteers, and persons with a criminal background are encouraged to apply.